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All the new features coming in PS4 System Software 5.50 revealed

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We’ve known for a while that the PS4 System Software 5.50 update is coming, but what it contains has been largely a mystery. Today, beta testing for 5.50 kicks off, so Sony has shared which features PS4 and PS4 Pro owners can expect. The PS4 System Software 5.50 contains a bit more than I expected, as it does look like a great update overall. You have some more enhancements to the Quick Menu, Library UI updates, as well as some quality of life additions, for example a Hide App feature.

The biggest two new features, in my opinion, is definitely the Supersampling Mode on the PS4 Pro and Play Time Management, because that could really help quite a few people. Learn about everything being tested right now in the PS4 System Software 5.50 update below.

Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro

I know not everyone has a PS4 Pro, but maybe even more console gamers will want one after the next big System Software update. Marco reported on a leaked image a couple of days ago, showing that the PS4 Pro will be getting a Supersampling Mode and now, we know that it is definitely coming in System Software update 5.50. What this essentially means is that even if you don’t own a 4K TV, running a game on the PS4 Pro will still look better, as most games will benefit from super-sampled image quality.

This feature was already in the Xbox One X from launch, so it is great to see Sony implementing it in their mid-gen console upgrade option as well. Check out the explanation from Sony below:

PS4 Pro users will see a new ‘supersampling mode’ under Settings, which enables those with HDTVs (i.e., 1080p or less) to enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing some PS4 games. With supersampling mode, games that render to a higher resolution when connected to a 4K TV will downscale to match the HDTV – allowing PS4 Pro owners to leverage the benefits of an image clarity boost even if they don’t own a 4K TV.

Certain games already have ‘supersampling’ benefits as part of their ‘PS4 Pro Enhanced’ feature set, but this new mode can enhance the experience for those games that don’t already have the feature. Because PS4 Pro’s added power and modes benefit different games in different ways, please note that certain games’ image clarity may not improve with this new feature.”  

Play Time Management

This feature can save lives! No, seriously, it can, or at the very least help some gamers contain themselves and set a specific amount of time they can play. One needs to look no further than the news earlier this week where a man lost feeling in his legs after a 20-hour gaming binge. You can, of course, limit yourself with this feature, but it is aimed at parents or guardians who want to manage the PS4 playtime of children.

The feature can automatically log a child off their PS4 once the playtime is over and even add extra gameplay time via their PC or Smartphone. Check out the description of this handy new feature below:

We’re introducing Play Time Management, which will allow family managers (and adult family members who are set as guardians) to manage PS4 playtime for child family members on family on PSN. Managing Playtime is easy; go to Settings > Family Management on your PS4, or log into your PlayStation account on your web browser from your PC or smartphone, to check and manage your child’s playtime each day. If needed, the family manager/guardians can apply playtime restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours.

Notifications on PS4 will be sent to the child during gameplay so that he or she knows when they should save and quit. The family managers/guardians also have the option to add extra game time via their smartphone or PC. In addition, the family manager/guardians can choose whether or not to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their playtime is over.

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Library UI Updates

This PS4 and Name/Avatar tab – “Two new tabs are being added to Library to make it easier for you to see which apps you’ve installed and purchased. The ‘This PS4’ tab lists all the applications that are installed on the PS4 system, and the tab with your name/avatar lists all the apps that you purchased with your PSN ID. This feature also makes it easy to search and find games you’ve already purchased but have not yet installed."

PS Plus tab

"This update also adds a new PS Plus tab to the Library, which clarifies what games you own from PS Plus’ Monthly Free Games. If your PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock PS+ icon will appear next to your game so you’ll know you cannot play the game until you’ve re-subscribed.

Hide apps

“We’re adding a function that will allow you to hide certain applications under the ‘Purchased’ tab in the Library. In ‘Options,’ you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you probably won’t be going back to.”

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Quick Menu Enhancements

If you ever want to quickly access specific friends in your custom list, you’ll be able to do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. You can also see who’s currently online. Whenever you’re listening to music on PS4, you’ll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. If you’re using Spotify on PlayStation Music, the ‘square’ button will serve as the shortcut for volume control. And when you’re on the Media Player or the USB Music Player, ‘triangle’ will work as the shortcut for play or pause, and the ‘square’ button as the volume control.

Background Music on PS Now

With Background Music on PlayStation Now, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. Just keep in mind that, similar to when playing a game locally on PS4, background music may not always be available.

Notifications Update

This update will give you the ability to delete old notifications for better organization and management. Just go to Notifications and press the ‘triangle’ or ‘Options’ button to open up a menu that will allow you to select a single or multiple notifications you’d like to delete.

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Import Custom Wallpapers via USB

Love customizing your PS4 Home Screen? Well, this new update will give you even more options. You can import your own images to PS4 from a USB stick and set it as your wallpaper. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look perfect on your dashboard. Just go to Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device.

Customize Tournaments Team Pages

Following the 5.50 update, you’ll be able to customize your Tournaments team page with your own team logo or background that you can import from a USB stick. Represent your team by customizing your team page with something unique and original! To set your logo and background, head over to Events > Teams > select your team > Edit Team Profile.

As you can see, there are some nice features and a lot of quality of life improvements to look forward to. The one I am most excited about is being able to hide apps in my library, because still seeing the Monster Hunter World Beta in my library even though I’m already on the hunt the fantastic final product, does get on my nerves a bit.

At the time of writing, there is no specific release date for the PS4 System Software 5.50 update, but as mentioned earlier, beta testing did kick off today.

What do you think about the new features and changes in the PS4 System Software 5.50 update and which of these are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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